cheater trying to use the current financial climate and government support packages to trick unsuspecting victims into giving up their personal information.
This will save you money on your energy bills
Power system fraud
The scam text offering help amid the ongoing cost of living crisis is being sent out under the name ‘UK Help’.
The text message read: “GOVUK: You are entitled to a reduced energy bill under the Energy Bill Support Scheme. You can apply here.”
The text also includes a link with the word “gov” as Britons are concerned about rising energy bills.
— Clare Kelly (@AttorneyClare) September 23, 2022
The link does not take you to the government website, but to a site where scammers can steal personal and banking information.
It’s worth noting that any text message claiming to need details is a scam, you don’t have to apply for the £400 rebate and the money is paid out automatically.
Ofgem urges energy companies to keep customers informed of fraud
A spokesman for energy regulator Ofgem said it recently urged all energy suppliers to ensure clear and up-to-date information about fraud is easily accessible on their websites.
The spokesman said: “It is alarming that vulnerable customers are being exploited in this way when people are already struggling so much…
“We take these attempts to exploit consumers very seriously and are working with the National Cyber Security Center to prevent these malicious attacks.
“If people are unsure whether something is a scam, they should stop, look and not let callers pressure them into anything.
“Real organizations won’t mind if you call back; Only scammers will pressure you and insist that you divulge details immediately.
“If in doubt about a message, consumers should contact the organization directly and not use the numbers or addresses in the message – use the details from their official website.”
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